LANGUAGES

The Modern Foreign languages curriculum area offers German and Spanish from Year 7 to Year 13. In Year 7 and Year 8 all of our students study German and the majority of our students also study Spanish. In Year 9 most students will specialise in one language but we also run a ‘bespoke’ language group for students who intend to study both German and Spanish at GCSE level. We strongly encourage all of our students to study a language at least to GCSE level, as we believe that it will open the door to many career opportunities, enable students to communicate with and deepen their understanding of the wider world, and will be useful for future travel. Studying a language also makes our students more competitive with their peers in other schools. We are a very friendly and encouraging team and we are committed to providing our students with the best possible language learning experience.


Department Staff

Mrs M Ward - Senior Leader MFL

Mrs E Starmer - Second in MFL Department

Miss A Pietrus - German Teacher

Mr E Wand - German and French Teacher

Miss L Parsons - Spanish and French Teacher


Curriculum Intent

At Thurstable School we offer our pupils a broad and ambitious Modern Languages curriculum, which is rich in skills and knowledge. We aim at developing self-efficacy, creativity and curiosity and promote diversity and tolerance of other cultures. The Thurstable School Modern Languages curriculum will enable our students:

  • Use all four language language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) receptively and productively, for communication in the real world, for practical purposes, like foreign travel, world of work and for their immediate needs

  • to discuss their interests and to express and justify opinions

  • to develop their confidence and independent learning skills to access new and unfamiliar language by using decoding skills/reference materials(E.g. dictionaries)

  • to clearly understand the phonics and sound patterns of the foreign language so that unfamiliar texts can be read with confidence

  • to work towards becoming a spontaneous speaker of the foreign language

  • to acquire a sound grammar/vocabulary knowledge that will allow them to take their studies further. (A-Level/University)


GCSE & A Level Qualifications

GCSE

AQA Exam Board

Topics Studied over the two year course:


Theme 1 - Identify and Culture: Me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free-time activities, customs and festivals

Theme 2 - Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Home, town, neighbourhood and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism

Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment: My studies, life at school/college, current and future employment, education post-16, jobs career choices and ambitions.


Exam Papers

Paper 1: Listening (25% of the overall GCSE grade)

Paper 2: Speaking (25% of the overall GCSE grade)

Paper 3 Reading (25% of the overall GCSE grade)

Paper 4: Writing (25% of the overall GCSE grade)


A-level

AQA Exam Board

Topics studied over the two year course:


Theme 1 - Aspects of German-speaking society: Changing family structures, the digital world, youth culture

Theme 2 - Artistic culture in the GErman-speaking world: Festivals and traditions, art and architecture, the cultural life of Berlin

Theme 3 - Multiculturalism in German-speaking society: Immigration, integration, racism

Theme 4 - Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world: Germany and the European Unity, politics and youth, the reunification and its consequences


Film studied: Good Bye, Lenin!

Book studied: Zonenkinder by Jana Hensel


Exam Papers

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50% of the overall A-level grade)

Paper 2: Writing (20% of the overall A-level grade)

Paper 3: Speaking (30% of the overall A-level grade)


Facilities

Languages rooms C2-C6, All rooms equipped with a projector/tv and visualisers.


Trips

- Every year we run a four day Yr 8 trip to Trier in Germany .

- We usually run a day trip for Y7.

- We are currently looking at running a Christmas Market trip for our Y10 students.

- We currently have a ‘penfriend’ link with a school in Germany.


Clubs

- All our Y11 students are invited to attend our after school revision clubs, which usually start in late September.


Useful subject links

KS3 and KS4:

https://www.languagesonline.org.uk/ (Vocabulary and grammar revision)

https://www.language-gym.com/ (Vocabulary and grammar revision)

https://www.duolingo.com/ (Vocabulary revision)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage (online lessons covering a variety of topics)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize (Vocabulary and grammar revision)

www.german.net (Grammar revision activities)

https://quizlet.com/en-gb (Vocabulary revision)

https://www.helles-koepfchen.de/reportage/ (News for children and youths in German)


KS4:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages (AQA website)

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login (Our online textbook)


KS5:

All of the above and:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages (AQA website)

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login (Our online textbook)

https://www.tagesschau.de/ (German ARD news)

https://open.spotify.com/user/goethe-institut (German music on spotify)

https://lyricstraining.com/de/ (German music comprehension exercises)

https://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/nachrichten/s-8030 (News in German, read slowly)


Films To Watch

Amazon Prime:

- Welcome to Germany

- Balloon (Germans attempt to flee from East Germany to West Germany by using a hot air balloon)

- Behind the wall (documentary about East/West Berlin and the fall of the wall)

- Das Leben der Anderen (film about the work of the Stasi in East Germany and how they spied on the population)